The people around them have the wrong idea: “All the neighbors say we’re happy… and they’re wrong.”. 1. A planned elopement fails when his grandfather finds a letter, telling him that love must wait...but not to give up hope. Few people look to Cheap Trick for commentary on pressing social issues, but it does take a band like this to inject a little warped mischief into a chorus as simple as “oh boy, the house is rockin’.”, 10-11. Lambert is licensed to carry a handgun, and has a tattoo with two revolvers in the design on her forearm. Wilco, “She’s A Jar”Wilco’s aptly named Summerteeth is an album of contradictions, combining Beach Boys-inspired poppiness with distressing undercurrents. Conveyed from the perspective of the battered partner, this 2016 pop song … A Look at Satanism in Rock. 7. 5. "And there's holes in the floor of heaven / And her tears are pouring down / That's how you know she's watching / Wishing she could be here now.". The man drives home, desperate to reach his loved one, but he's too late. Released in 1980 off the album "I Am What I Am," it was Jones' first chart-topper in six years. 19. The song wasn't just a hit for Williams. In the song, Wariner describes three moments from a young man's life: the death of his grandmother, the death of his wife, and the wedding of his daughter. And then the words 'gunpowder and lead' just popped into my head. "Baby, why'd you leave me, why'd you have to go? By the end of the song, it’s clear there are children and a gun involved, and not much else. / I was counting on forever, now I'll never know / I can't even breathe.". Trying to head off controversy, the video made clear that the woman perished in the blaze she set, whereas the song leaves her fate open. Originally written and recorded by Kris Kristofferson, Smith's version would peak at No. 3 hit with this 1993 single from her album "Only What I Feel." In this ballad, Willis sings of a man who takes a trip, telling his wife he'll talk to her that night. In “Levi Stubbs’ Tears,” Bragg sings of how the tunes composed for the lead singer of the Four Tops help one poor young thing endure after her sailor husband “put a hole in her body where no hole should be.” The narrator of Bragg’s “Valentine’s Day Is Over” has endured her fair share of abuse as well, but when she says “Thank you for the things you taught me when you hit me hard,” it’s an acknowledgement that she’s had all she can stand of such treatment—as she later clarifies, until he figures out that love is about understanding rather than physical violence, “you’ll find your things all stacked out on the landing.”, 12. Then again, having recent domestic-violence victim Rihanna sing “I like the way it hurts” on the chorus of “Love The Way You Lie” is almost as creepy as taking a baby to her mother’s murder. Following a spoken-word intro from the patron saint of rock taboo, Lou Reed, frontman Antony Hegarty paints a picture of a romance where one party speaks with words and the other with fists. I don't think I can make it to tomorrow (to take another picture) " Domestic Violence is not a joke. Find out more about how we use your information in our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. As in Martina McBride's song "Concrete Angel," it's too late to save the girl. The song won a Grammy Award two years later for Best Female Country Performance. 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Music, Film, TV and Political News Coverage. Instead, she receives a call telling her that husband has died in a plane crash. Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss are country stars in their own right. 1 on the country charts and cross over to No. Public Enemy didn't appreciate the Bobby McFerrin hit 'Don't Worry, Be Happy." The song was just the first of 30 Raye singles that hit the charts over the next two decades. To be fair, the lyrics do seem to glorify the relationship, as a woman exults in her lover’s reaction to her infidelity: “If he didn’t care for me / I could have never made him mad / But he hit me, and I was glad.” Music spookily arranged and produced by—you guessed it—Phil Spector. Calling the police does nothing, she quickly discovers, as “they always come late, if they come at all,” and even when they show up, “they say they can’t interfere with domestic affairs between a man and his wife.” The song ends sadly, with the screaming ending, the wife being taken away in an ambulance, and a policeman telling all the bystanders to go home, adding, “I think we all could use some sleep.”. Jason Michael Carroll was discovered at a talent show in 2004. The artist replies that for $20 he can paint anything. The Beatles, “Run For Your Life”The most menacing song in the Fab Four’s catalog, “Run For Your Life” is a two-minute string of threats to a girlfriend that closes 1965’s Rubber Soul. 13-15. It’s no surprise, though, that it contains “Don’t Leave Me Now,” a track that taps into Roger Waters’ neurosis following the disintegration of his marriage. It is considered Jones' defining song in a career that began in 1954 and had more than a dozen No. "Soul Man" was a new term when the song was written in 1967. Voice rising to a fever pitch, RZA screams some of the most vicious insults ever put to wax: “And when you leave me, bitch, you’re gonna be a ho / Cellulite and gargoyle feet / I’d rather beat my meat / That raggy-ass pussy, a starving dog wouldn’t eat.” And an unnamed woman returns his verbal abuse volley for volley. But the most disturbing moment comes on “She’s A Jar,” which describes a lover in phrases that could be read as compliments or insults: “My pop-quiz kid / a sleepy kisser / a pretty war.” But by the end, the situation has grown darker, and Tweedy’s last line—“you know she begs me not to hit her”—removes the last protective ambiguity. Sometimes, he sings, “It’s out of love.”, 9. And the group’s song “Shoot” is—at least musically—as hazy and cryptic as anything it’s ever done. 22. Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp sing about being reduced to sexual objects, as “one more girl on a stage, just … Released as a single in 1995, it peaked at No. "He put that bottle to his head and pulled the trigger / And finally drank away her memory / Life is short, but this time it was bigger / Than the strength, he had to get up on his knees.". Parton’s 1980s country anthem is a timeless classic that celebrates working women and calls out the capitalistic patriarchy, all in a day’s work. It spawned the 2004 hit "Whiskey Lullaby," which hit No. Better Man is a haunting song about a woman who’s trapped in an abusive relationship with her husband. 16 on the country charts in 2004. 5 on the charts. "I guess I must be wishing on / Someone else's star / It seems like someone else keeps getting /  What I'm wishing for / Why can't I be as lucky / As those other people are / I guess I must be wishing / On someone else's star.". / I'm just not myself when you're away.". It is considered Jones' defining song in a career that began in 1954 and had more than a dozen No. Dresden Dolls, “Delilah”Whether or not it’s intentional, Amanda Palmer seems to be channeling ’Til Tuesday’s 1985 hit “Voices Carry” on Dresden Dolls’ “Delilah”—only instead of singing about a domineering boyfriend, Palmer crafts a melancholy ballad about the song’s title character, a woman inexorably drawn to men who abuse her. 3 on the country charts. 4. “Goodbye, Earl” follows the exploits of best friends Mary Anne and Wanda as they plot the death of Wanda’s abusive husband Earl, who, after Wanda files for divorce, “walked right through that restraining order / and put her in intensive care.” (Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines delivers the line “It didn’t take ’em long to decide that Earl had to die” with particular glee.) Martina McBride, “Independence Day”Marrying patriotism and pre-emptive strike, Martina McBride’s 1994 hit is narrated by an 8-year-old girl whose mother burns down the family house with her husband still in it. “I dreamed of killing you again last night and it felt all right to me,” Jeff Tweedy sings on “Via Chicago,” as disconcertingly pleasant backing music seems to affirm his murderous fantasies. Every night, she dreams of the days when he used to be a better man. An icon of country music, Hank Williams Sr. recorded this song at his final studio session before dying on New Year's Day of 1953. 16. 2. Sammi Smith got her to start singing in the bars of Oklahoma City in the mid-1960s. Travis, “The Blue Flashing Light”After the 10 soothingly bummed-out tracks of The Man Who comes the hidden track “The Blue Flashing Light,” a terse portrait of life in a turbulent household. ", "Go rest high on that mountain / Son, your work on earth is done / Go to heaven a shoutin' / Love for the Father and Son.". He may have problems with mobility, McBride sings, but he has no problem at all with his big heart. He released three solo albums in 1972, as well as two with then-wife Tammy Wynette. In this ballad, Raye sings of a young boy who finds out that his grandmother's father didn't approve of his grandfather and tried to keep the lovers apart. Joni James, Ray Charles, Loretta Lynn, and LeAnn Rimes are just a few of the singers who have had hits with their own renditions of this country staple of love, lament, and loss. Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed. “Hall Of Illusions” presents a stark moral choice: Listeners can eschew domestic abuse and lead a life of good deeds before ascending to the eternal paradise of Shangri-La, or continue to behave in an ungodly manner and suffer the torments of the damned at the hands of the Great Milenko. The man, who is on the road when he learns the news, rushes to his mother's side as fast as he can, but he's too late. Elvis Costello, “Boy With A Problem”In the early ’80s, Elvis Costello alluded to domestic abuse several times—most obviously on “Beaten To The Punch,” from 1980’s Get Happy!